Zoe Devlin presents “Wildflowers of Ireland- a personal Record”

A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland  – a personal record”  which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of  the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in  Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.

The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and  having adequate food for birds  was noted.

Why not Savour Kilkenny City

Savour Kilkenny City during the Halloween Bank Holiday Break. There is plenty to see!

St Johns Church, John Street,  the bee friendly wildlife garden is to the side developed as part of the all Ireland pollinator plan.

Kilkenny Orchards get a summer brush up

Many thanks to the many Statestreet Bank Volunteers who have  given  our  Waterford rd community orchard  a summer brush up.

Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful  does not happen by itself. Our City is beautiful  because of the voluntary effort of many through out the year.  This community orchard is also has an  attractive seating area.

The fruit trees are vert suited to  pollinators earlier in the year and  the fruit  in August /September is delicious to enjoy.

Kilkenny Co Co adopts the black and amber bumble bee

 

A fitting  county emblem which will also raise the  importance of bees as pollinators. KKB works each year to improve the range of honey and bumble  bee friendly planting throughout our city.

Crab apple blossom attracts!

Summer wild flowers

Sunflower attraction!

Bumble bees enjoy the summer lavender

 

Arts Festival in Beautiful Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Arts festival 2017  commenced in warm sunny weather. There were large crowds  attending the many street events which took place during the opening weekend.  Great colour  was to be seen and the flower displays were fantastic. Congratulations to all!

Kilkenny theatre

Music in the Rose Garden

Castle park

There were many stalls and art presentations

The Mayors walk

The Mayors walk with art displays

the Parade market

Rothe house on Parliament street with great colour.

Rothe House pollinator day

A pollinator day took place at Rothe house on their garden open day in conjunction with Tanguy de Toulgoët  and coordinated by the KKB.  Tanguy  is  a bee keeper  and he  explained the art of bee keeping and the importance of pollinator plants. There was also  a honey tasting.   Information was  provided in relation to the selection of  pollinator plants  and how a garden could be made more bee friendly.

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.

 

 

Rothe House Garden and KKB – open garden day

Saturday May 28th : Presentation at Bee friendly Rothe House garden  1pm-3pm.    There will also be the identification  of bee/pollinator  friendly plants. All are welcome.  Entry to the Gardens is free  to all on the day.  Arranged by KKB and Rothe House gardens.

We also welcome Tanguy de Toulgoët   a bee keeper to explain the art of bee keeping. He uses a French system using a  vertical divisible hive. The small boxes suits very well the size of the bee cluster especially during the winter. It is a great hive to keep bees naturally. They organise their nest in their own way and the surplus honey is harvested (if any) around August. The honey is stored in the higher boxes. The honey will be pressed or can be eaten in the comb. A full box is always left for the bees for the winter.

Rothe house gardens

Rothe house gardens